Committee on Education and Labor - mars-6:hrs06ED_W2175_070313 - Rayburn 2175 - Elementary and Secondary Act Reauthorization: Improving NCLB to Close the Achievement Gap - The joint hearing of the House and Senate on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will come to order. I am delighted to be joined by so many of my distinguished colleagues from both sides of the aisle and from both sides of Capitol Hill. In particular, I want to recognize the gentleman from California, Mr. McKeon, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. I also would like to extend a special welcome to my good friend and Co-Chairman of this historic bicameral hearing, Senator Edward Kennedy from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Senator Isakson from Georgia, who will serve today as the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee. Senator Enzi is unable to be with us today, and expresses his regrets, because he is delivering a eulogy at a funeral back in his home state of Wyoming. Each of these Members will present an opening statement, and without objection all other members may submit an opening statement for the record. When the Supreme Court said in its Brown v. Board of Education decision over 50 years ago that segregated schools cannot be equal, it affirmed the right of every child to an education on equal terms. But despite that decision, and although many children have received a first-rate education, many others have not. Far too many children still do not have the educational opportunities that they deserve.
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